Aloo Gobi – Potato & Cauliflower Curry

aloo-boby - indian potato and cauliflower curry

This is my earliest memory of making curry. 1981, the London Sivananda Yoga Ashram, my home at the time, is hosting a distinguished group of Indian scholars for a week of lectures on Vedanta philosophy. Declaring European fare as “bland” our guests have brought their own cook who is promptly dispatched to the kitchen.

A Brahmin, the highest of the Hindu casts, Rita handles food exclusively with her right hand, her left dedicated to supporting a long, shimmering fold of silken sari. She requests assistance. My luck is in. Continue reading “Aloo Gobi – Potato & Cauliflower Curry”

Lunch: Full Indian

Indian thali

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A new walk today to the old XIX century public laundry and on to ancient rocks where it is said there are Visigoth steps carved into one of the monoliths. We didn’t find them. But the view from the rocks was great. We’ll keep looking for the steps.

Today, a selection of veggie Indian dishes to round off a marvellous week of yoga, walking and eating Continue reading “Lunch: Full Indian”

Lunch: Mexican Tamal Pizza, Azteca Sides & Watermelon Granizada

Mexican flint maize

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No guided walking today. We started with two and a half hours of flowing vinyasa settling into slower, deeper, then sustained yoga postures. After lunch a well deserved free afternoon. Debbie and Wendy are having none ot it. They’re off to Santa Cruz De La Sierra for a brisk climb up the 1200ft Saint Gregorio Peak. Continue reading “Lunch: Mexican Tamal Pizza, Azteca Sides & Watermelon Granizada”

Dinner: Korean Bibimbap With Turnip Kimchi

yoga and mindful walking in monfrague

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Great day out in Monfrague Biosphere Reserve with a stiff walk up to the Castle. I chickened out just before the summit. Vertigo, don’t you know! Lots of fresh air, exercise – and vultures. Enough to give anyone a healthy appetite. We ate lunch out in the chiringito in the village. Finally, after an hour of gentle restorative yoga, SUPPER. Well, dinner, actually. Continue reading “Dinner: Korean Bibimbap With Turnip Kimchi”

Lunch: Tudor Pie On Gluten-Free Panko

sweet potato tart with panko base

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The main course, a sweet potato tart, was introduced to the court of Henry VIII by Catherine of Aragon following the Spanish discovery of the Americas. The original recipe contained burdock root, with a flavour not unlike that of horseradish. We used (real) wasabe powder for a more unusual kick. Allspice was an essential part of the original recipe and we’ve stayed faithful to the fact.

I’m not always a fan of pastry: delicious, but I’m often rewarded with heartburn. Instead I used gluten-free panko breadcrumbs with hazlenuts and a little clarified butter. I thought the result was deliciously light and  – well – nutty. Continue reading “Lunch: Tudor Pie On Gluten-Free Panko”

Soup For Supper: Artichoke & Broad Bean Potage With Parsley, White Wine & Saffron

fresh globe artichokes

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We all know supper is a lighter, more informal version of dinner. Both are evening meals, of course. But did you know: the words soup and supper are related?

We round off our first day with a quintessentially Spanish artichoke and broad-bean  stew. Distinguishable from a soup merely by the amount of liquid present, where’s the argument? Continue reading “Soup For Supper: Artichoke & Broad Bean Potage With Parsley, White Wine & Saffron”

Lunch: Ethiopian Injera With Three Stews

ethiopian injera with vegan side dishes

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Our first day: lunch after walking around the Old City walls and Castle.

The “injera” we ate was a gluten-free version with sorghum and millet, plus buckwheat for colour and body. It was  naturally fermented as per teff injera and made by excactly the same method. Click here for classic injera recipe.

Other methods include the yeast-based lahoh and an instant injera

I used my amazing air-fryer / food dehydrator to dry the sweetest figs  I’ve ever tasted, courtesy of our dear frineds John Perring and Charmian Inman from their nearby finca  Lagar de La Señora.  John and Charmian also make excellent organic wines under the same name and the best ever olive oil: check them out at Lagar De la Señora.

The menu:

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Welcome Supper

group eating on yoga retreat

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What a fantastic week! Thank you so much guys. The yoga, minfulness and nature walking really got those creative juices going, and what better outlet than cooking – and eating.

As promised here’s the first of the menus for you to request recipes.

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